The effect of real and sham acupuncture on thermal sensation and thermal pain thresholds

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58264
Title:
The effect of real and sham acupuncture on thermal sensation and thermal pain thresholds
Authors:
Downs, N. M. (Nicola); Kirk, K. (Kerry); MacSween, A. (Alasdair)
Affiliation:
Queen Margaret University College. Edinburgh; Queen Margaret University College. School of Health Sciences. Edinburgh.
Citation:
Downs, N. M., Kirk, K. and MacSween, A. (2005) 'The effect of real and sham acupuncture on thermal sensation and thermal pain thresholds', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86 (6), pp.1252-1257.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue Date:
Jun-2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58264
DOI:
10.1016/j.apmr.2004.10.037
Abstract:
Objective: To compare the effect of real and sham acupuncture and a control intervention on thermal sensation and thermal pain thresholds. Design: Single-blind, randomized controlled, repeated-measures trial. Setting: Laboratory. Participants: Eighteen acupuncture naive, healthy subjects with no history of upper-limb pathology or acupuncture contraindications. Intervention: Subjects were randomly assigned (blind card allocation) to 1 of 6 possible orders of application of the interventions, which consisted of 25 minutes each of control, real, and sham acupuncture. Main Outcome Measures: Thermal sensation and thermal pain thresholds measured with a thermal sensory analyzer before and after each intervention. Results: There were increases in cold and hot pain and cold sensation thresholds with real acupuncture. The level of increase did not differ significantly from the changes that occurred with sham acupuncture and control interventions. Conclusions: Although we observed a trend toward a decreased sensitivity to thermal pain and thermal sensation with real acupuncture, this trend did not differ significantly from the changes with control or sham interventions. Therefore, no support was provided for analgesic or placebo effects of acupuncture. The trend, combined with the relatively low power of the inferential tests applied does, however, suggest that further research is merited.
Type:
Article
Keywords:
acupuncture; placebo effect; rehabilitation; sensory thresholds; pain threshold; thermal analysis
ISSN:
0003-9993
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 05/01/2010]
Citation Count:
5 [Scopus, 05/01/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorDowns, N. M. (Nicola)-
dc.contributor.authorKirk, K. (Kerry)-
dc.contributor.authorMacSween, A. (Alasdair)-
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-01T10:47:29Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-01T10:47:29Z-
dc.date.issued2005-06-
dc.identifier.citationArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; 86 (6): 1252-1257-
dc.identifier.issn0003-9993-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.apmr.2004.10.037-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/58264-
dc.description.abstractObjective: To compare the effect of real and sham acupuncture and a control intervention on thermal sensation and thermal pain thresholds. Design: Single-blind, randomized controlled, repeated-measures trial. Setting: Laboratory. Participants: Eighteen acupuncture naive, healthy subjects with no history of upper-limb pathology or acupuncture contraindications. Intervention: Subjects were randomly assigned (blind card allocation) to 1 of 6 possible orders of application of the interventions, which consisted of 25 minutes each of control, real, and sham acupuncture. Main Outcome Measures: Thermal sensation and thermal pain thresholds measured with a thermal sensory analyzer before and after each intervention. Results: There were increases in cold and hot pain and cold sensation thresholds with real acupuncture. The level of increase did not differ significantly from the changes that occurred with sham acupuncture and control interventions. Conclusions: Although we observed a trend toward a decreased sensitivity to thermal pain and thermal sensation with real acupuncture, this trend did not differ significantly from the changes with control or sham interventions. Therefore, no support was provided for analgesic or placebo effects of acupuncture. The trend, combined with the relatively low power of the inferential tests applied does, however, suggest that further research is merited.-
dc.publisherElsevier-
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 05/01/2010]-
dc.subjectacupuncture-
dc.subjectplacebo effect-
dc.subjectrehabilitation-
dc.subjectsensory thresholds-
dc.subjectpain threshold-
dc.subjectthermal analysis-
dc.titleThe effect of real and sham acupuncture on thermal sensation and thermal pain thresholds-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.contributor.departmentQueen Margaret University College. Edinburgh; Queen Margaret University College. School of Health Sciences. Edinburgh.-
dc.identifier.journalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation-
ref.assessmentRAE 2008-
ref.citationcount5 [Scopus, 05/01/2010]-
or.citation.harvardDowns, N. M., Kirk, K. and MacSween, A. (2005) 'The effect of real and sham acupuncture on thermal sensation and thermal pain thresholds', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86 (6), pp.1252-1257.-
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